Topp Performance Martial Arts

While there are no statistics available for the number of Canadians who study martial arts at some point in their lives, anecdotal evidence suggests that it’s significant, perhaps in the range of 20%. Aside from the obvious benefit of teaching you how to defend yourself, studying a martial art has a long list of other benefits you may not have considered.

There are also some additional benefits for kids. Most dojos, and certainly ours here at Topp Performance, focus as much on teaching kids respect and self-control as we do on teaching the art itself. All kids benefit from these lessons, and even kids with behavior issues show noticeable improvement in their demeanor with regular martial arts training.

Here at Topp Performance, we teach KickBoxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. What follows below is a partial list of the many benefits of martial arts for your fitness, belief in yourself, and mood.

At Topp Performance, martial arts for kids is as much about teaching respect and self-control as it is about defense and fitness.

Physical Benefits

Full Body Workout

Any kind of martial arts training is an intense cardio, full-body workout that hits every major muscle group. You’ll develop better muscle tone, endurance, flexibility, balance and strength.

Greater Flexibility

Martial artists are often the most flexible of any kind of athlete. As part of your training, you’ll be encouraged to develop greater flexibility. This flexibility will pay benefits – and not just in being able to kick higher either. Flexibility helps to prevent injury when doing anything physical, and also goes a long way toward keeping us mobile as we age.

Improved Cardio Fitness

Did we mention it’s an intense cardio workout? Your sensei will push you to your limits and beyond and you will achieve new levels of cardio fitness beyond what any other form of exercise, save perhaps CrossFit (we offer that too), can offer you. You have no idea how exhausting twenty minutes of continuous sparring can be until you experience it for yourself!


While your reaction time is a function of genetics and your fitness level, martial arts will train your brain to respond to threats in a way that can seem almost prescient when you reach a high enough level of proficiency. In time you’ll learn to read what your sparring partner or opponent is about to do just by the way they are standing, by a shift in balance or even something as subtle as where their eyes are looking. Once you get to this point, you’ll be moving before they are and the blow they aimed at you will meet only empty air.

Weight Loss

Looking to shed a few pounds? Combined with a proper diet (see our Nutrition section for more information) the kind of intense cardio workout you’ll get from studying a martial art will melt the fat off your body and replace it with lean muscle.

Added Benefits

In addition, martial arts training also teaches you to overcome your unconscious response to an incoming threat – closing your eyes and turning away. While this is a natural reflex that helps to protect our vision, it almost guarantees you’ll get hit. Once you learn to keep your eyes open and either move or block, you’ll find yourself doing this in any split-second situation and you’ll be far less likely to take an injury as a result.

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